It’s the opportunity that any devoted motor mechanic would give their entire toolbox for and former Bathurst local and TAFE NSW student, Cameron Carslake, has just landed his dream job as a support engineer for BMW Motorsport in Australia and Asia.
Cameron’s love for all things automotive began early on in his childhood, playing around with cars and tools in his dad’s automotive repair shop. He then went on to develop his skills by studying a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology and Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology at TAFE NSW Bathurst and Orange.
“These TAFE courses were fundamental in providing me with the knowledge and know-how needed for a career as a car mechanic and auto electrician,” Mr Carslake said.
“After graduating from TAFE NSW, I was employed as a mechanic and auto electrician at Jones Automotive Bathurst. We provided logbook servicing, mechanical repairs, electrical diagnostics and performance upgrades.
“Shane (Jones - business owner) encouraged me to follow my dreams, helping me make contacts in the motorsport industry which saw me move to the Gold Coast to work at MR Tuning, studying engineering at university and now working full-time at Nine-W where my main role is a support engineer for BMW Motorsport.
“A highlight of this position so far has been working with Nine-W on BMW GT3 cars in my hometown at the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour.”
Shane Jones said Cameron was extremely talented and very switched on with high-tech car electrics.
“I threw him in the deep end by sending him away with a race team to Western Australia. Safe to say he fixed the damaged car and got it racing again, no questions asked,” Mr Jones said.
“His ability and thought processes in electrical diagnostics is incredible. He is the only one I’ve seen come through my garage that could go a long way and I am very happy for him.”
Thrilled TAFE NSW Automotive teacher, Brett Dinger, said Cameron was a quiet achiever throughout his studies and deserved all the recognition that comes his way.
“He would never answer questions to show off his knowledge, but if you asked him a question he would almost always know the answer,” Mr Dinger said.
The sky is the limit for Cameron and he believes if any aspiring mechanic applies themselves, they can achieve more than is expected with life-changing training at TAFE NSW. For more information visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.